The most famous walking street in Moscow lies to the West of the Kremlin, where its 1.25km span stretches from ploshchad (Square) Arbatskaya to ploshchad Smolenskaya. Earlier a main road, In the 1980s it became a pedestrian street, with a new lease of life as a tourist attraction. Maybe the legendary writers of the past no longer drink their coffee here, but a host of mime artists, soap-box poets, souvenir shops and art stalls evoke a decidedly bohemian atmosphere that can still inspire. The plentiful cafes and eateries selling delicious food fares from around the globe add a dash of flavor.
Arbat is the most famous street to see on Moscow tours, It is like Carnaby Street in London, Montmartre in Paris or Royal Mile in Edinburgh. In 2013 Arbat celebrated its 520th anniversary. Through the centuries Arbat used to be one of the most bohemian places of Moscow. It attracted a lot of prominent Russian people – writers, poets, and artists.Today Arbat is a promenade full of small cosy cafes and street life: artists offer a quick portrait, street musicians and dancers perform on every corner, and souvenirs are everywhere. To find the real Moscow lifestyle we will hide into Arbat's side streets. Arbat Walking Tour in Moscow features Alexander Pushkin and Leo Tolstoy, the best of Moscow architecture, Kremlin Hospital, spy games between the USSR and the USA. On this Arbat Walking Tour you will also see: • The most famous Moscow haunted house • Russian State Library, world's second largest library • Morozov’s Mansion, Moscow's most impressive house • Melnikov’s House, world famous constructivist architecture building • Spy stories of Spaso-House, US ambassador's residence • Kremlin Hospital, the place where many of the heads of the Communist countries were treated